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First Team News

Following last Monday’s one nil away win at Limerick, the Hoops are on the road again tomorrow to face Waterford FC at the RSC.

SSE Airtricity League Premier Division

Regional Sports Ground, Waterford

Friday March 23rd 2018. Kick off 7.45pm

Speaking ahead of Monday’s game, Hoops Head Coach Stephen Bradley said:


“We were worried on the Sunday morning during training because of the snow and we were hoping that the game [against Limerick] would go ahead. We wanted to go and play it and get points on the board, not to be left for another four to six weeks or whenever in the schedule.

The pitch was the worst pitch we’ve played on by some way. I don’t know how it looks from the stands but when you’re on it, it’s horrendous. Considering that I thought we moved the ball well. At times it was slow, we had to take extra touches because of the pitch. It wasn’t an easy surface to play on but we were all aware of that before going down there, we spoke about it.


We’ve [freshened up the team] in all the Friday and Monday games, we have the squad to do it and the lads that came in did really well. Sam Bone was excellent and Joel Coustrain was really brave on the ball considering the pitch, the way he dribbled with it. He played like someone who didn’t want to come back out of the team, fighting to hold onto the jersey and that’s what you look for. 


I thought we were good. It was a good run by Ronan Finn and the defender makes the challenge. Graham Burke was nice and calm [with the penalty]. We controlled the game up until the last ten minutes when we had ten men and they had a little bit of play and put it in the box.  


I thought Sean Kavanagh’s sending off was a really bad decision. At the time I didn’t see it so I couldn’t really comment on it but I’ve obviously watched it back a number of times on video and it’s not even a yellow card. I don’t think it’s actually even a free kick. The ref must have thought he saw something to issue a red card but it’s an unbelievably bad decision. Sean doesn’t actually do anything, he doesn’t leave his feet or show studs and he’s not aggressive.


He’s suspended for the Waterford game but we can appeal whatever games get added to that, which we will. Everyone is available other than Sean. Waterford have started well and I’m sure they’ll expect to be up there come the end of the season. They’ve some good players so it’ll be a really tough game. They’ve played different ways this season, they’ve played a diamond, they went up to Dundalk and played a different formation so we’ve got to be ready for whatever they bring, whether they play through midfield or more direct.


We’ve got to be ready for both and make sure we bring our top game and come out on the right side of a result. It’s a big game considering the history between the two clubs. There’s been some good games down the years and it’s been a long time since we played down there. But we can’t worry about any of that, it hasn’t anything to do with this group. We’ll approach the game like any other game and go and try and win it.”